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Following the UK government announcement of a ban on non-essential travel during a four-week national lockdown period, British Airways are closing all their lounges at London Heathrow airport from 5 November.
UK Government legislation does not officially communicate a mandatory requirement to keep the lounges closed; hence, concerns about the passengers’ safety might be the driving force for British Airways to take this step. Although the travel demand is almost non-existent, some people will still be coming to and from the country through Terminal 5 with no opportunity to use any of the airport lounges.
British Airways elaborated on the update: “Due to the UK Government’s national restrictions, our lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5 will be temporarily closed from November 5. We will continue to follow government guidance and keep our customers updated with any changes.”
The closure happens for the second time already. Last time the lounges reopened in July with a tech-supported menu ordering system instead of a buffet and strengthened cleaning procedures.